Texas explorer completes deepest ocean dive in history

The Mariana Trench is about 124 miles off the coast of the Mariana Islands which are effectively in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.             
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Details of his trip were released on Monday.

Vescovo's solo dive was punctuated by 248 minutes spent on the bottom exploring the basin, which the expedition team said "is now the longest period of time ever spent on the bottom of the ocean by an individual". The explorer is part of the Five Deeps Expedition, which aims to reach the bottom of every ocean on the planet.

In the Java Trench, the deepest point of the Indian Ocean, researchers identified a gelatinous animal - thought to be a stalked ascidean, otherwise known as a sea squirt - which they said does not resemble anything seen before.

Photos showing Victor Vescovo, his launch in Triton submersible, the bottom of Mariana Trench, and Vescovo being congratulated by Don Walsh courtesy of the Deep Five Expeditions and Discovery Channel.

Vescovo's team discovered four potentially new species of prawn-like crustaceans called amphipods, a spoon worm at 7,000 meters and a pink snailfish at 8,000 meters.

An American diver has found a plastic bag almost seven miles beneath the surface of the ocean, during a record-breaking dive. The dive was made in a submarine, plunging 36,000ft down to the sea floor into the world famous Mariana Trench, a whole 53ft lower than the previous descent in 1960. The Mariana Trench is deeper than Mount Everest is tall.

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"Our team had to pioneer new camera systems that could be mounted on the submersible, operate at up to 10,000m below sea level and work with robotic landers with camera systems that would allow us to film Victor's submersible on the bottom of the ocean", Geffen told the BBC.

"It is nearly indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did", Mr Vescovo said after arriving in Guam after the completion of the dives.

In the next step, the team said its scientists were going to perform tests on the creatures found to in order to have a clear picture about the percentage of plastics found in them.

Vescovo says he's proud of these scientific finds - and also that the team's got a submersible that's up for the challenge.

These conditions also made it challenging to capture footage - the Five Deeps expedition has been followed by Atlantic Productions for a documentary for the Discovery Channel. It is built to dive for 16 hours at a time-but also has emergency air supplies for a further 96 hours.

"Honestly, towards the end, I simply turned the thrusters off, leaned back in the cockpit, and enjoyed a tuna fish sandwich while I very slowly drifted just above the bottom of the deepest place on Earth, enjoying the view", he said. "And then I came up".

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